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Jaguars want to spice up coach search? Here’s a name…Rex Ryan

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As they go through the motions for the final two weekends in Jacksonville to finish out yet another disappointing season, there is speculation about just who would even entertain coming into the 5-6 year “train wreck” that the Jags have been.

We at F.F.I. know there is the easy “Just re-hire Coughlin” narrative that has been out there the whole second half of the season. And obviously, he has a warm place in hardcore Jags fan’s heart for leading them to great success in the 90’s and early 2000’s. He also has two Lombardi trophies in the case from his Giants days.

But let’s get real, the Jags are two years away from being back into respectability, and that’s if, IF, they hire the right guy this time. Is that right guy a 70 year old militaristic “old school” type of coach? Or while trying to figure it out, would you rather have other more entertaining proven options.

Sure the Jags could go the “coordinator who’s never been a head coach” route, again. And, that didn’t work in the least with Gus Bradley.

Could they lure a big time college coach who’s previously been in the NFL to come clean it up? Not really. Harbaugh? Mora Jr.? Not happening. 

So, what about a name that would definitely raise eyebrows. A name who has been in the playoffs (including the AFC Championship Game twice in the last 10 years) with the Jets. A name that after being fired in the Big Apple has now turned the Bills into a respectable product. They were 8-8 a year ago and eliminated Ryan’s old Jets team from playoff hopes with a win in week 17 last year.

The name is…..Rex Ryan.

It looks as though the new owners in Buffalo want to rid themselves of Ryan and his theatrics off the field and hire their own guy. This would make him available, again and there would be other suitors.

But here’s where Jacksonville makes a lot of sense:

Ryan and his twin brother Rob are descendants of Buddy Ryan’s physical defenses of the 80’s and 90’s and he’s had repeated success with that as a coordinator and now head coach. And, there is no disputing that with guys like Dante Fowler, Myles Jack, Jalen Ramsey, etc. there is a lot of young undeveloped talent ready to be coached up.

Bottom line, his Raven, Jet and now Bills D’s want to play for him. That’s a good thing.

Also, Jacksonville, like Buffalo, is small market with little in the way of confrontational media and Rex would be a media darling on arrival, anyway. Perfect for him.

There is also talent on offense, although the QB position has to be addressed and fixed. Obviously, his offensive coordinator hire would be key, as well, as bringing in a dynamic QB either from college or free agency/trade. (Romo anyone?)

Will the Bills pull the trigger? Would “Sexy Rexy” want the job in the first place?

No one knows for sure, but if he is interested, and you are Shad Khan, you would definitely be putting jalepenos on your vanilla ice cream with a “proven fixer upper in the short term,” Rex Ryan and energize the fan base.

You have to at least try.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Andre

    December 21, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Sounds good to me

  2. Matt

    December 21, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I’m going to assume this article is a joke. I’m a Bills fan first, Jags fan second. I’ve watched every single regular season game Rex Ryan has coached for the Bills. He’s made them worse. They were the 4th ranked defense in 2014. This year, despite retaining almost all the same players and adding more talented players in the draft they are ranked 16th. They’ve allowed two hundred yard rushers twice this year. The man is a joke. If the Bills drop him and the Jags pick him, they’d be hiring a coach that has been fired TWICE in the past two years. He would install a completely different system then the Jags currently run (so the defense would go down hill for a year before leveling off in mediocrity), and he has no idea what’s going on the other side of the ball. He’s the worst guy in the NFL to trust to develop a quarterback.

    Rex goes to Jacksonville and I’m done with the Jags.

  3. Captain hindsight

    December 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    No

  4. John Paul Ringo George

    December 22, 2016 at 3:15 am

    “It looks as though the new owners in Buffalo want to rid themselves of Ryan and his theatrics off the field and hire their own guy.”

    The new owners, the Pegulas, hired Rex – so he is ‘their own guy’

  5. Joe

    December 22, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Whom ever wrote this kill your got damn self.

    • Steve

      December 23, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I second Joe’e comment. But before yourself you should kill your mother as well for giving birth to such a retarded child

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Why is Jalen Ramsey Twitter feuding with NFL Network analyst?

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There is no mistaking that Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is talented, and in 2017 he was named as an All-Pro by his peers and most recenlty in the player polled “Top 100.” So, that’s a validation that doesn’t need a whole lot else.

Yet, an NFL Network analyst and a former NFL defensive back himself, is questioning part of his game.

And, Jalen Ramsey got annoyed. Like, really annoyed.

It all began when, Bucky Brooks, who hosts a successful podcast and appears regularly on the NFL Network questioned another player, DB Casey Hayward of the Chargers, and whether he was a “transcendent talent” in coverage.

The exchanges with Hayward on Twitter Thursday went on for a bit and then, Ramsey jumped in here:

 

And, when Brooks tweeted about Ramsey and why he was drafted two years ago in the top five by Jacksonville, things cranked up on social media:

Next, Ramsey questioned whether Brooks believes Ramsey is only a product of the Jaguars “defensive system” and not of his ability to shutdown the opposing team’s top wideout, one on one:

Brooks referenced former fellow Noles All American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders as one of those rare “lock down” corners, and of course, that someone that Ramsey, two years removed from FSU, wants to be compared to with his own game.

Brooks then explained further about his own analysis and teams/GMs/personnel executives thinking:

In the end, Ramsey, who is not bashful about expressing his opinions on or off the field, finally gave some props to Brooks for having an informed opinion:

The bottom line is that analysts get paid to analyze. And the good ones are always soliciting the opinions of others, who are actually coaching and working in the NFL Front office.

And further, if Ramsey keeps “locking down” the likes of the Texans DeAndre Hopkins, and the Colts T.Y. Hilton, who he sees twice a year, then he will continue to get the respect he wants. And, he’ll get the second contract dollars that come with it, too.

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NFL Network will show Jaguars preseason game at Minnesota nationally

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Coming off a tremendous surprise turnaround season that included a division win and two playoff victories, the Jaguars have everyone in North Florida buzzing for 2018. And the NFL Network is interested enough that it has announced it will be showing their second preseason game, at the Vikings, to the nation on Saturday August 18th.

This information was included in the NFL’s announcement that NFL Network will televise a total of 15 preseason games live, nationally:

The Jaguars will practice against the Vikings in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday (8/15-16) prior to playing the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who won the NFC North and made the NFC Championship Game last year, signed arguably the top free agent on the market last March. That’s when they inked former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive three year fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Jacksonville will open the preseason the previous week against the NFC South champion Saints at newly renamed TIAA Bank Field in North Florida.

The good news in addition to the practice time with the Vikes, most of the starters on both sides of the ball will see action into the second quarter, if not halftime of the second preseason game.

This will be good work for QB Blake Bortles and his new assortment of targets like WR Donte Moncrief and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who both signed with the Jags in March.

And for the stout Jaguars defense led by DT Calais Campbell, LB Telvin Smith and CB Jalen Ramsey (all of whom made the Pro Bowl last year) will get a good opening half challenge from Cousins, and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. It will also be curious to see if second year former FSU star running back Dalvin will be fully recovered from his ACL tear. And, we’ll see if the Vikings want to give him some work or rest him completely in August.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus involved in two sexual assault allegations

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The Jaguars traded for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus last year to re-unite him with former head coach Doug Marrone and give him a fresh start on living up to his first round draft pick expectations.

Unfortunately, less than a year later, Dareus is involved in not one, but two sexual assault complaints.

First, it was learned Wednesday afternoon that a woman in Houston, TX, has accused Dareus of having unprotected sex with her in April, while she was unconscious. And she further claims that Dareus gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The unidentified woman filed a civil lawsuit seeking $15,000 in damages.

“News 4” in Jacksonville reporter Chris Parenteau had more on that allegation:

News 4 reported on it’s evening newscast Wednesday that there’s no criminal complaint with Houston Police against Dareus at this time.

The accuser’s attorney did give this statement to the station Wednesday afternoon:

“There are civil and criminal laws in both Florida and Texas that address circumstances where someone knowingly exposes another to sexually transmitted diseases. As of now, we are not aware that any criminal charges have been filed in this matter. Our focus is on protecting our client’s right to recover damages for the severe physical and emotional harm that’s been caused to her.”

The situation is further confused by the accuser in the Houston case admitting to having consensual sex on multiple occasions with Dareus after the alleged incident.

Meanwhile, there is another allegation that came to light on Wednesday, involving Dareus and others, that an alleged sexual assault occurred at a Tampa mansion in January of 2017. In a civil complaint originally filed in December of last year, an unidentified Las Vegas woman says that Dareus and members of his “entourage” sexually assaulted her after a night of partying.

The woman accused Dareus formally in an amendment to her civil suit in Hillsborough County Court in January. Dareus and his lawyers are trying to get the lawsuit dismissed at an August 9th hearing.

Dareus played in 12 total games for the Jaguars after the trade with the Bills. He had one regular season sack, but excelled in the playoffs with sacks in the Pittsburgh win and the narrow loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. He had 10 total tackles in the three post season games.

The 28 year old Dareus, a first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, is scheduled to make $10.2 million dollars this season in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars only comment to the media on Wednesday evening was that they were aware of the allegations and monitoring the situation.

Dareus’ agent had not returned calls or emails seeking comment from them or Dareus on the civil lawsuits and sexual assault allegations.

Obviously, in addition to the seriousness of the allegations, even in civil court, the NFL will likely be investigating the situation soon under the league’s personal conduct policy.

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